Highly Capable Identification Assessments
The Benchmark Assessment System (BAS) is a comprehensive system for one-on-one assessment completed by classroom teachers two to three times a year that reliably and systematically measures students' instructional and independent reading abilities.
Cognitive Abilities Test Screener version 7 (CogAT)
The CogAT Screener measures three separate cognitive domains for a more complete perspective on a student's reasoning abilities. No reading is required for younger students; pictures are used instead of text and the test questions are read aloud to students.
- Verbal - The Verbal section is comprised of Picture Analogies OR Verbal Analogies.
- Quantitative - The Quantitative section is comprised of Number Analogies.
- Nonverbal - The Nonverbal section is comprised of Figure Matrices.
Teacher Rating Scale (Teacher Recommendation Form)
The Teacher Rating Scale is designed to help guide teachers in identifying gifted students. The scale measures different academic and social/affective components of giftedness.
The College Board’s PSAT focuses on the knowledge and skills that current research shows are most essential for college and career readiness and success. The tests are nationally normed and have three sections: Reading; Writing and Language; and Math. The test is aligned with the widely used college entrance exam known as the SAT.
SBA ELA and SBA Mathematics
The Smarter Balanced Assessments (SBA) in English Language Arts (ELA) and Mathematics are state tests taken at the end of the year in grades 3 – 8, 10 & 11. The summative assessment is administered during the last 12 weeks of the school year. It describes both student achievement and growth of student learning and provides valid, reliable, and fair measures of students’ progress toward, and attainment of the knowledge and skills required to be college- and career-ready.
STAR Math Assessment
STAR assessment is a computer adaptive math assessment tool, using sophisticated item calibration and psychometrics to dynamically adjust to each student's unique responses in grades kindergarten through ninth grade. It is given initially to assess students' computational skills for their grade level. It can be given multiple times throughout the school year in order to regularly monitor the development of computational skills and procedures.
The Teaching Strategies GOLD is an ongoing evaluation tool for early childhood educators that includes predictors of school success and is aligned with the Common Core State Standards.
Washington English Language Proficiency Assessment (WELPA or ELPA21)
The Washington English Language Proficiency Assessment (WELPA or ELPA21) determines student eligibility for English language development (ELD) services. The WELPA and ELPA21 annually assess growth in English language development for eligible students in: reading, writing, listening and speaking knowledge and skills.
The Renton School District does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, disability, or age in its programs and activities and provides equal access to the Boy Scouts and other designated youth groups.